Welcome to Razorcake | DIY Punk Music | Punk Bands | Punk Rock Bands | Punk Magazine Welcome to Razorcake | DIY Punk Music | Punk Bands | Punk Rock Bands | Punk Magazine
 

























Record Reviews

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

| 0-9| A| B| C| D| E| F| G| H| I| J| K| L| M |

| N| O| P| Q| R| S| T| U| V| W| X| Y| Z|

Below are some recently posted reviews.

RSS Feed

JOAN OF ARC:
So Much Staying Alive and Lovelessness: CD
I didn’t even make it through the first song, “On a Bedsheet in the Breeze on the Roof.” At best I’d say that it’s kind of like Pearl Jam inviting a hot new guitarist to jam with them in an acoustic set. I’d burn this at the stake any day.
–megan (Jade Tree)


JEZUS AND THE GOSPELFUCKERS/AGENT ORANGE:
Couldn’t Care Less: CD
Tracks from two of Holland’s legendary hardcore bands are once again made available to the teeming masses. As can be expected, the proceedings are loud, rude and up to here with Discharge influence. Definitely worth the time if you can get your mitts on it.
–jimmy (Kangaroo)


JERRYCAN:
Prog-ress: CD
Sounds like college boys slumming with the punkers to garner at least some semblance of a music career.
–jimmy (www.jerrycan.com)


JELLO BIAFRA:
Machine Gun in the Clown: 3 X CD
Another ultra-long player of spoken word from Biafra, this one focusing on 9/11, the resulting war on terrorism and the general corporate and governmental shenanigans that all of the banging of the war drums is supposed to be covering up. Love him or hate him, you’ve gotta give Biafra his propers. At a time in American history when civil liberties are being wholly done away with and openly questioning the government’s actions could result in a nice long jail stay (or worse), he’s there, reminding us all that no matter what sugarplum dreams the major corporate media lulls us sleep with, no matter how many pills the Ministry of Wellness force-feeds us to make us “better,” no matter how many times King Georgie the Lesser insists that the only way to achieve peace is through all-out war, when punk seems to be more content to wallow in an insipid realm of fart jokes and affected posturing and suckle the corporate nipple than to actually raise a little ruckus, reality is sometimes worse than your wildest nightmares. Call him paranoid, but that don’t mean they ain’t out to get you.
–jimmy (Alternative Tentacles)


JAWBREAKER:
Etc.: 2 X LP
It's been a long time since I've heard new-to-me Jawbreaker songs. I really enjoy the sense of raw discovery that Jawbreaker provided me for the years they were actively releasing records. They're amazing – they came at punk rock, cracked its walnut and got to the soft flesh, but never forgot the texture of hardness. The duality was both poetic and durable. This is a collection of some early almost-demo songs (the demo, Rise, had Jon Liu singing every song but one), comp tracks, split 7"s, and out-of-print singles, all the way through their last release, the still-controversial Dear You. The songs are placed in chronological order, which is a great way to see how they refined and redirected their sound without abandoning what made them great: the power of three instruments ever inter-locking then breaking to breathe and Blake's tender knife-to-throat urban lullaby lyrics. If you've never heard of 'em, take Leatherface, move 'em to California, shake on Husker Du's bulletproof songwriting skill, open up an exposed soul, duct tape it together in a big ball, and stuff into a rattling tour van. The LP record dust jackets are great, too, with scans of Walter Matthau's attorney ordering a cease and desist from using one of the Odd Couples' pictures on the Busy 7" and a play-by-play of every song by all three members. Highlights: "Split" off their split 7" with Samiam that was released with No Idea Magazine, the spot-on cover of the Psychedelic Furs' "Into You Like a Train," "First Step," (a song slated for what I consider their magnum opus, 24 Hour Revenge Therapy) and the re-do of "Boxcar." Only one song makes me cringe – the U2 medley that segues into the Misfits "Skulls." All in all, though, this is fantastic. Highly recommended. I'm stoked this stuff is easier to find now and all in one place.
–todd (Blackball)


JACK HOUSEN:
Two Lane Road: CD
Some pretty good stuff here from a guy that is going off the beaten path and actually writing songs rather than merely following a well-worn template to fit into some prefabricated genre. His style is engaging, sometimes maybe a bit mellow, but the arrangements are inventive enough to warrant future listens.
–jimmy (Jack Housen)


I AM SPOONBENDER:
Shown Actual Size: CDEP
Minimalist synth-driven new wave. Very mellow in comparison to the racket produced by bands like Polysics, the Epoxies and Le Shok, but it does have a certain amount of charm nonetheless. Wouldn’t mind hearing a full-length disc.
–jimmy (GSL)


HOBART:
Self-titled: CDEP
The bass player of Hobart sent me this CD to review, along with a note saying that he’d read one of my reviews and decided that, judging from my review, I didn’t know shit about music in Tucson. He sent me a whole package of music that was supposed to educate me. In the package were a couple of Blacks seven inches (so I knew he had good taste); a CD he burned for me with a bunch of cool Tucson bands like the Weird Lovemakers, the Blacks, and Los Federales; and this CDEP. It was hell of a good package, and I’ll take criticism like that any day if the criticism comes with cool music to back it up. I’ll have to admit that I really scrutinized this EP the most, thinking to myself, if this guy says he knows so much about music, let’s see how he backs it up. So I listened really closely to these three Hobart songs as they came blaring out of my speakers all disjointed and noisy and solid and in blocks of time that far exceeded the requisite two-minute punk song. It was a little arty. I could hear some Hot Snakes in the guitar. The vocals started, and my first thought was, oh, shit, they should’ve stuck with just the instrumental parts. The songs continued to wind up and build into this crazy ball of tension. And, luckily, they remembered to bring on the rock. These songs were way better than I hoped they’d be. I decided to listen to the EP a few more times and hope that I could find something to criticize about them, but the more I listened, the less criticism I had. By the third listen, I even liked the vocals. What can I say? This shit rips. Consider me educated.
–sean (Sumo Agnew)


HIGH BEAMS:
Hallucination: CD
Safe, bland, teethless pop punk pap that isn't even remotely worth commenting on. Make this hallucination stop.
–aphid (Dead Beat)


HERE KITTY KITTY:
Daddy’s Girl: CD
Let’s pull out some names from history’s past. I hear some Ramones, Sleater Kinney, Ramones, Queers and that old school death rock band, Voodoo Church. Simple, power chord-driven melodies that only back up the magical experience of the band. They assault you with a three female vocal attack that makes the music sweet and infectious. The production has a very live feeling to it. That leads to a more intimate listening experience. I’m not sure if this is their debut, but it was a nice preview for me. The opening track, “How Now” is a great track and the funny cover of Lita Ford’s “Kiss Me Deadly” is a perfect!
–don (Lorelei)


HENRY FIAT’S OPEN SORE:
Adulterer Oriented Rock: CD
Unzip the half of your brain that thinks. Huck it out the window. Use the other half and occupy it with rough monkey sex, crayons shoved too far up your nose, bleeding fingers guitar, a slutty love of the Mummies, the Motards, and the Dwarves, the smell of cars burning out, all sliding up the shaky knees of your daiquiri-drunk date. Perfect, no-thinking, funny/blunt (as in "England, That's a Place to Hate," and "Brit Pop Sucks"), bloodshot Swedish garage fest that slows down when they die. Awesome. Think angry dogs, bullwhips, and a dude that carries a mannequin head for self-service, I presume. As subtle as a fist fuck. What's not to love? This is a forty-seven song collection of their singles.
–todd (Coldfront)


HENRY FIAT’S OPEN SORE:
Idiota Hyperactiva: CD
The cover is four guys in suits with Mummies-esque masks, one with a whip. My first thought? Lame. Then I found out they were from Sweden and my opinion changed. Why? Hell if I know. I don’t have some sort of Swedish music fetish. It was just okay for Swedes to have masks. This album was recorded in ’98, but we get it in the states now courtesy of Cold Front’s Sin City Series. They’re full of energy, heavily guitar driven, and are catchy without being poppy or anthemic. It just has that balls-out rock that gets me goin’ every time. I hear some early Dwarves and Turbonegro influences in there. I don’t know what they’re saying half of the time, but I sing right along anyway. This is some damn good listening right here.
–megan (Cold Front)


HATE NO. 3:
Crucified: 7"
Do I like Japanese punk? Fuck ya! This band kicks major ass by playing mid-tempo, metallic Jap-core, crust, and old school. The guitars are strong and abrasive. The drums are heavy and pounding. The musicians sound very accomplished and keep things from getting generic. Paintbox is a good reference point. I need to see a dentist after the swift kick in the teeth that I got.
–don (Yoakemae)


GUTTERMOUTH:
Gusto: CD
I fail to see the humor anymore.
–don (Epitaph)


GUTTERMOUTH:
Gusto: CD
Holy shit! Sean sent me a Blink 182 CD, expecting me to listen to it. Wait a minute. This says Guttermouth. What the fuck? Is this the same snotty smart-assed punk band I used to listen to about ten years ago? No… can't be, but the packaging says, sure enough, that it is, Mark Adkins & Co. Mark, what are you doing? This shit is terrible. My guess is that you are in the midst of some mid-life crisis and you are realizing that you are too old to pick up teenage girls anymore. So, you catch a glimpse of what Blink 182 is doing and how easy it is to make that kinda inane music and have tons of screaming teenage girls paw all over you. I can't say I'm not jealous in that department, either. Hell, if I had a quarter for every teenage girl I jerked… uh… nevermind. But is it worth giving up your dignity for? Many can argue that question and it looks like you answered it "yes." Well, I wish you guys luck, but I don't plan on listening to anything else you put out if this continues. Just some advice as we part ways – pay attention to your statutory rape laws from state to state. The age of consent varies greatly. If you are looking for the younger ones, let me recommend the southern states. Check out www.sexlaws.org for further info on the topic. Good luck and be careful.
–toby (Epitaph)


GUNMOLL/FIFTH HOUR HERO:
: Split CD
Wow! I had never heard Fifth Hour Hero before, and it's so damn good! The girl vocals sound a little like Allison from Discount (a compliment!), the riffs are catchy, and the lyrics are just what we punks need to not kill ourselves in the middle of Dubya’s term: “What’s that quivering?/ One day it will come, strongly overcome/Working in shadow, making vibrations.” And then, “We’re everything. We’re giving sense to that masquerade. We’re the children, the women, and the poor. We’re the people of this earth.” Of course, Fifth Hour Hero is from Canada, so maybe they have reason to be a little more optimistic. Or not. Great stuff, though. Gunmoll does the whole Hot Water Music, melodic punk thing, and does it well. Gruff vocals, introspective lyrics, a touch of Jawbreaker, you know the deal. Also really good; but I kept going back to Fifth Hour Hero. If this split were a cereal, it’d be French Toast Crunch. An unexpected treat!
–Maddy (No Idea)


GUITAR GANGSTERS:
Another Day in Pleasantville: CD
The new album from this group of poppy English oi-sters is not as instantly catchy as the last album I heard from them, namely Road to Reality. The hooks don’t seem as obvious this time around and I’m just not enjoying same sense of immediate gratification I did with the other aforementioned disc. I do think this is a temporary setback, though and, with time, I can definitely see this growing on me.
–jimmy (Captain Oi)


GROOVIE GHOULIES:
Go! Stories: CD
Please bear in mind that there is only ONE Groovie Ghoulies album in the universe – the other things you buy every year are just software updates (which is, of course, not to imply that any one Groovie Ghoulies album is more "THE" Ghoulies album than another; the One True Groovie Ghoulies album exists only as a Platonic Ideal, a thought construct that serves as blueprint for that which we experience in the everyday world. Just thought i'd clear that up). That said, let the record show that this is my favorite Ghoulies album of all time for a variety of reasons, one of which is that it's got the best cover (in the top purple wedge, Roach casually maneuvers her lunar module past a rocket ship containing armed, green aliens; in the middle orange wedge, a cheerful red Tyrannosaurus pursues Scampi, who flees across the rugged desert on horseback; and in the bottom blue wedge, an intense purple squid bears down on a scuba-diving Kepi. When YOUR band is able to stave off the assaults of aliens, dinosaurs, and sea monsters and still remain so damn chipper, THEN you can start faulting my logic). Another reason, strange as this may sound, is that it's got the best songs (i actually first heard this at a local record shoppe, and was so taken with the brilliance of the lead-off track, "Let's Do It Again" ["I'm not tired and I'm not bored and I'm not broken and I'm not sore, you ask me what I want? It's more! Let's do it again..."] that, although there were multiple avenues i could have pursued towards the goal of securing a copy without money having to change hands, i bought it on the spot, cash on the barrelhead, 'cause it was so cool [i mean, think about it: Kepi anticipated his own redundancy, acknowledged it, took steps to combat it, then turned it into a positive! Like, high five!]. When i got it home, i decided the record was so great that i wanted my friends to think that i got it as a promo, so i snipped the corner off the album cover. Then, later, i DID get a copy as a promo! I don't know what to make of all that, morally). The entire first side is more or less boss, with peachy backing vocals in "Mess Me Up" (come to think of it, there should be more backing vocals on Groovie Ghoulie records, it'd help fill out the sound. Pop-punk without backing vocals is like pizza without crushed red peppers: It can be done, i guess, but why?), and cool vocal phrasings in the sorta-like-the-Riverdales-song-"I Think About You During the Commercials"-but-way-better "School Is In" compelling me to state that Kepi would be one of the most underrated vocalists in punk rock today if anybody actually bothered to rate him. Now, of course, there is a certain segment of the populace that wonders exactly WHY the world would need a more-or-less G-rated (Kepi does use swear words sometimes to express his GREAT ENTHUSIASM!) hybrid of the Ramones, Misfits, and Riverdales, the tip of my Iceberg of Rebuttal being 1. They're fun and they rock; 2. The band and the band's records never get any worse-sounding regardless of how many times one hears them; and 3. A hundred years from now, everyone reading this is gonna be dust EXCEPT the Ghoulies, because they're freaky undead cartoon characters who will still look twenty-four years old, fit into the same black jeans, and be touring to support their 138th album, 20 Second Century. They're like a cool plastic thing in a landfill: It can be sitting there for an eternity, but all ya gotta do is pull it out and wash the dirt off and it's good as new. Ghoulies are GO-er than ever! BEST SONG TITLE: "Someone Is Always Not Happy" BEST SONG: "The Bay Bridge Club" FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: Once my friend booked the Groovie Ghoulies in his club and he didn't have money to make flyers, so i tried to help him out by putting signs up in front of the venue that said "GROOVY GHOULIES TONIGHT!!!" but they were torn down by angry mobs because i misspelled "Groovie."
–norb (Stardumb)


GRIMPLE:
Self-titled: CD
Pretty straightforward Gilman Street hardcore. I would’ve been all over this fourteen or fifteen years ago, but these days there’re just too many bands that have gone down this exact road and, frankly, I’ve heard too many of ’em to be impressed.
–jimmy (Prank)


GOONS, THE:
Live at the Black Cat: CD
On the first couple of listens, I wasn't that interested, but something kept me playing it more and more. Sure, there's a big love for Minor Threat, some Negative Approach, and, surprisingly, some early Dicks (mostly in the voice, and not to mention the lead singer looks a hell of a lot like Gary Floyd) but, mostly, what's good about the Goons is they know their limitations, don't try to get too fancy, and end up playing some good straight-ahead, extremely listenable DC-style hardcore with some nice hooks. It doesn't sound like they're playing in a graveyard, hoping for the ghosts of the past to rise up to hootenanny with, but spray painting their own noise on the tombstones. Well weathered, veteran, fun stuff that gets the thumbs up.
–todd (Squirrel Heart)


GOOD RIDDANCE:
Cover Ups: CD
I’m assuming that many of these tracks were available elsewhere but is compiled here for your listening pleasure. I know I have many of these songs on their releases and on some comps. Enjoyable for what it is and probably will only appeal to their fans to complete their collection. Covers of Modern English, Insted, Kiss, Battalion of Saints, The Kinks, Chron Gen, The Shangri-Las, Government Issue, The Psychedelic Furs and Black Flag. The punk covers are the best here in my opinion. Russ’s voice doesn’t always hit the mark when he does the new wave covers. If you need an introduction to this band, I would recommend their full lengths.
–don (Lorelei)


GODSTOMPER:
Hell’s Grim Tyrant: CD
WAAAAIIIIIIIIIHIHHHHHHH!!!!!! GRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!! HHUUUUHHHHAAAAAHHHH!!!!!! The best thing about grindcore is that, no matter how bad whatever you’re listening to is, you can bet your boots it’ll be over relatively quick.
–jimmy (Enterruption)


GEE STRINGS, THE:
Arrest Me: CD
Jean-Luc at Headline Records convinced me to pick up a copy of this album. He told me that they sounded just like the Avengers, but with something more to it. And he’s right. Like the Avengers, The Gee Strings have really cool female vocals and good melodies. But there is something more to The Gee Strings. I wouldn’t say that they’re better than the Avengers. Just that The Gee Strings have learned how to speed up the mid-tempo, catchy songs. There’s a good variety to the songs, so that, even though all the songs do have a lot in common with each other, listening to the album doesn’t sound like you’re listening to the same song twelve times in a row. And, if you listen to it enough, each song is guaranteed to get stuck in your head for one full day. If you’re thinking that you need to listen to more female-fronted bands, here’s a good place to start.
–sean (Dead Beat)


GBH:
Leather, Bristles, Studs and Acne: CD
At long last, a reissue of this legendary band’s greatest work, and all I can say is it’s about friggin’ time. This is it, kiddos, their finest hour. While the work that followed was by no means terrible, this is GBH at their best, a standard they have often come damn close to but have not quite surpassed over the years. Compiled on this beautiful hunk of plastic are the Leather Bristles, Studs and Acne mini-LP, the Sick Boy EP and the No Survivors EP and every song here, from the opener “Race Against Time,” through “Lycanthropy” past “Self Destruct” and to the closer “Am I Dead Yet,” is a classic. To sweeten the deal, they’ve included the original record’s “hidden” track, “Alcohol,” which makes its digital debut here. So mandatory it ain’t funny.
–jimmy (Captain Oi)


GAY, THE:
Self-titled: CDEP
Ten minutes and thirteen seconds divided into three songs of such excruciatingly banal, drippy indy rock that you'll want to pull your own head off and hurl it at the speakers until the bad noise goes away or you bleed to death. Everything you've ever hated about college radio boiled down to its horrible essence and stamped onto this disc belched up from a bowel of hell I don't even want to think about. God save us.
–aphid (Mint)


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 267 268 269 270 271 272 273 274 275 276 277 278 279 280 281 282 283 284 285 286 287 288 289 290 291 292 293 294 295 296 297 298 299 300 301 302 303 304 305 306 307 308 309 310 311 312 313 314 315 316 317 318 319 320 321 322 323 324 325 326 327 328 329 330 331 332 333 334 335 336 337 338 339 340 341 342 343 344 345 346 347 348 349 350 351 352 353 354 355 356 357 358 359 360 361 362 363 364 365 366 367 368 369 370 371 372 373 374 375 376 377 378 379 380 381 382 383 384 385 386 387 388 389 390 391 392 393 394 395 396 397 398 399 400 401 402 403 404 405 406 407 408 409 410 411 412 413 414 415 416 417 418 419 420 421 422 423 424 425 426 427 428 429 430 431 432 433 434 435 436 437 438 439 440 441 442 443 444 445 446 447 448 449 450 451 452 453 454 455 456 457 458 459 460 461 462 463 464 465 466 467 468 469 470 471 472 473 474 475 476 477 478 479 480 481 482 483 484 485 486 487 488 489 490 491 492 493 494 495 496 497 498 499 500 501 502 503 504 505 506 507 508 509 510 511 512 513 514 515 516 517 518 519 520 521 522 523 524 525 526 527 528 529 530 531 532 533 534 535 536 537 538 539 540 541 542 543 544 545 546 547 548 549 550 551 552 553 554 555 556 557 558 559 560 561 562 563 564 565 566 567 568 569 570 571 572 573 574 575 576 577 578 579 580 581 582 583 584 585 586 587 588 589 590 591 592 593 594 595 596 597 598 599 600 601 602 603 604 605 606 607 608 609 610 611 612 613 614 615 616 617 618 619 620 621 622 623 624 625 626 627 628 629 630 631 632 633 634 635 636 637 638 639 640 641 642 643 644 645 646 647 648 649 650 651 652 653 654 655 656 657 658 659 660 661 662 663 664 665 666 667 668 669 670 671 672 673 674 675 676 677 678 679 680 681 682 683 684 685 686 687 688 689 690 691 692 693 694 695 696 697 698 699 700 701 702 703 704 705 706 707 708 709 710 711 712 713 714 715 716 717 718 719 720 721 722 723 724 725 726 727 728 729 730 731 732 733 734 735 736 737 738 739 740 741 742 743 744 745 746 747 748 749 750 751 752 753 754 755 756 757 758 759 760 761 762 763 764 765 766 767 768 769 770 771 772 773 774 775 776 777 778 779 780 781 782 783 784 785 786 787 788 789 790 791 792 793 794 795 796 797 798 799 800 801 802 803 804 805 806 807 808 809 810 811 812 813 814 815 816 817 818 819 820 821 822 823 824 825 826 827 828 829 830 831 832 833 834 835 836 837 838 839 840 841 842 843 844 845 846 847 848 849 850 851 852 853 854 855 856 857 858 859 860 861 862 863 864 865 866 867 868 869 870 871 872 873 874 875 876 877 878 879 880 881 882 883 884 885 886 887 888 889 890 891 892 893 894 895 896 897 898 899 900 901 902 903 904 905 906 907 908 909 910 911 912 913 914 915 916 917 918 919 920 921 922 923 924 925 926 927 928 929 930 931 932 933 934 935 936 937 938 939 940 941 942 943 944 945 946 947 948 949 950 951 952 953 954 955 956 957 958 959 960 961 962 963 964 965 966 967 968 969 970 971 972 973 974

| 0-9| A| B| C| D| E| F| G| H| I| J| K| L| M |

| N| O| P| Q| R| S| T| U| V| W| X| Y| Z|

Razorcake Podcast Player


·MODERN INDUSTRY: FUTURISTA!, #1 and #2
·MAYFLOWER / JEFF ROWE
·TØRSÖ
·DENUNZIO
·Webcomic Wednesdays #34
·ANTILLECTUAL
·DOA
·HOW WE ARE
·CHUD


If you live in the Los Angeles area and want to help us out, let us know.



Get monthly notifications of new arrivals and distro and special offers for being part of the Razorcake army.



 
Razorcake/Gorsky Press, Inc.
PO Box 42129
Los Angeles, CA 90042

Except for reviews, which appear in both, the
contents of the Razorcake website are completely
different from the contents of Razorcake Fanzine.

© 2001-2015 Razorcake/Gorsky Press, Inc. Privacy Policy

Razorcake.org is made possible in part by grants from
the City of Los Angeles, Department
of Cultural Affairs and is supported
by the Los Angeles County Board of
Supervisors through the Los Angeles
Arts Commission.
Department of Cultural AffairsLos Angeles County Arts Commission


Web site engine code is Copyright © 2003 by PHP-Nuke. All Rights Reserved. PHP-Nuke is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL license.